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- Kathleen McHendry and Ronald Richard plead guilty 11/3 in Hampden County Superior Court to keeping over 100 domestic and wild animals in poor health and squalor in their Springfield home, and over 250 deceased animals stored in refrigerators and freezers. Judge Ferrara ordered the following:
- Ronald Richard – 5 years of probation, after 3 years he can come in to ask for it to be terminated if all conditions have been met. The following conditions were imposed:
- Cannot work in a caregiver capacity, paid or unpaid, for any animals, domestic or otherwise.
- Shall have no temporary or permanent custody, possession, guardianship, control or other responsibility for an animals, domestic or otherwise.
- Shall keep his residential and business address current with the probation department to allow for the inspection of premises for the presence of animals by the probation department and/or MSPCA.
- Shall pay all necessary fees.
- Kathleen McHendry – 5 years of probation, after 3 years she can come in to ask for it to be terminated if all conditions have been met. The judge ordered the SAME conditions as above but added the following:
- Shall engage in mental health evaluation and treatment as directed by the probation department.
- Last month, Officer Christine Allenberg applied for a show cause hearing against a Belchertown man for failing to provide medication for his cat’s hyperthyroidism and for failing to seek vet care for an open wound on its leg. At the magistrate’s hearing 11/16, the clerk decided that although there was enough evidence to go forward with criminal prosecution, because “Mookie’s” owner had no record and would lose his job, he preferred to have him make a $500 donation to the animal control and adoption center where he had adopted the cat, pay $40 in court costs, only keep his 2 dogs and not get any more animals. The case will remain open for 1 year.